Sunday, February 17, 2013

Shelly Manne - Checkmate

This LP from Shelly Manne is a bit different than his other recordings of scores. In the past, it was his trio with pianist Andre Previn that performed music from hit plays (most notably My Fair Lady). For this date it is Manne's regular quintet (with trumpeter Conte Candoli, tenor saxophonist Richie Kamuca, pianist Russ Freeman and bassist Chuck Berghofer) that play seven themes from a now-forgotten television series (Checkmate) composed by Johnny Williams. None of the melodies caught on but at least they gave these fine musicians some fresh material to improvise on. However, this album is not essential despite some strong solos.
Scott Yanow

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Shelly Manne


1 Checkmate 8:04
2 The Isolated Pawn 6:10
3 Cyanide Touch 7:46
4 The King Swings 5:34
5 En Passant 5:46
6 Fireside Eyes 3:52
7 The Black Knight 6:37

All Compositions by Johnny Williams

Shelly Manne - dr
Conte Candoli - tp
Richie Kamuca - ts
Russ Freeman - p
Chuck Berghofer - b

Recorded at Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles, California ; October 17 & 24, 1961


the doc said...

One of my favorites. I've had this Contemporary LP since the 70's. Get it if you don't have it.

Orbyt said...

John Williams score for the 1960-1962 crime series, with Sebastian Cabot and Peter Lorre.

Check this out:

Thanks Mel.

zebtron said...

beg to differ with yanow--this is an undiscovered masterpiece, even better than the celebrated blackhawk sets

friday817 said...

In my book anything with Conte Candoli is essential. Thanks for sharing this one.

Baron said...

Thanks for The Checkmate album ... Baron

Leopold said...

deGallo said...

Thank you. I really like "crime" jazz.

Pernath said...

Thanks Leo!!!

duck said...

Leopold, thank you for this update, always is lossless appreciated

squalo said...

Thank you very much